mutual separation

Alabama State University trustees have formed a mutual separation agreement with suspended university President Joseph Silver.

School officials have agreed to pay Silver $685,000 to resign from his position and the agreement includes a clause prohibiting either party from disparaging the other.

Silver was placed on paid administrative leave Nov. 26 after officials said he tried firing executive vice president John Knight — a state representative from Montgomery.

Trustees voted 8-1 to accept the agreement and one member chose not to vote.